Chelsea cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 second leg victory over Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.
First half goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill put the contest to bed before the break, as Roberto Mancini's side were overawed by the occasion that had prompted so much pre-match hyperbole.
The frequent exchange of press conference barbs between Jose Mourinho and his opposite number - a side story relating to the ill-feeling between the pair, dating back to the Portuguese coach's arrival at Inter Milan as Mancini's successor in 2008 - and the emotional return of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba dominated headlines in the build-up to Tuesday's encounter.
The 1-1 first leg draw at the Turk Telekom Arena had left the tie tentatively poised, and the atmosphere around the ground before kick-off did give the impression of another big European night in west London.
But, in truth, the game was over with less than five minutes on the clock, after Eto'o restored Chelsea's advantage when he slid the ball neatly under Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, after latching onto an Oscar pass, followin clever work from fellow midfielder Eden Hazard.
Hazard was making a constant nuisance of himself in the early stages, and found space again behind the Galatasaray back-line after advancing past full-back Emmanuel Eboue on the opposition's right flank.
Drogba wasted the visitors' first chance of the game on 15 minutes when his acrobatic bicycle kick sailed high over Petr Cech's crossbar, while Felipe Melo received the first yellow card, going into referee Felix Brych's book after a cynical foul on Willian on the halfway line to interrupt another free-flowing Chelsea attack.
Later, Frank Lampard poked an effort over the bar following a neat interchange of play between himself, Oscar and Hazard, before the Belgian got in behind Eboue again, only for his cutback following a run to the byline to be intercepted by Muslera.
In the 26th minute, goalscorer Eto'o left a foot in on Aurelien Chedjou, but the Galatasaray defender's amateur dramatics did not fool the referee, as he looked to get the Chelsea striker reprimanded. Seconds later, and the Cameroonian was on the deck himself, after a tangle on the touchline with the same opponent. Brych waved play on again.
Melo then fired a tame shot wide from the edge of the box, after Drogba brought the ball down well before playing out to the uncharacteristically quiet Wesley Sneijder, who received a hostile reception from the Stamford Bridge faithful. His knock inside was well dealt with by Cech.
On the half hour mark, Lampard's free-kick was met by Chelsea captain John Terry, but his miss-hit volley sailed harmlessly over the bar. At the other end Drogba won a free-kick in a similar position, but the Galatasaray striker's effort was so far off target that he hit the 'Drogba legend' banner in the upper tier of the Matthew Harding Stand, much to the amusement of the home supporters.
The Chelsea fans' mood changed swiftly when Oscar was booked for what looked like a perfectly good tackle on Galatasaray captain Selcuk, and the Brazilian midfielder was so peeved by the decision that moments later he chased down a lost cause; a misplaced cross-field pass by Lampard that earned the hosts a corner, and eventually led to the second goal.
The 35-year-old's set-piece was headed towards goal by Terry, whose effort was palmed out by Muslera, only to be hammered home from close-range by central defensive partner Cahill. It was the least that Chelsea deserved.
"Are you Tottenham in disguise?" sang the Chelsea supporters, after their recent 4-0 victory here over their London rivals, as Mourinho's men sauntered off confidently at the break.
After the interval, Umut Bulut replaced Burak Yilmaz for Galatasaray, but the substitution had little effect on the game, with Willian testing Muslera again with the first chance of note in the second period.
Branislav Ivanovic was later cautioned for a foul on Drogba near the hour mark, and Eboue followed him into the referee's book for a similarly clumsy foul on Willian.
Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres were both introduced in the closing stages for Oscar and Eto'o - who came off to a standing ovation - before Felix Brych brought an end to proceedings, leaving the Chelsea fans to end the night by giving an emotional reception to Drogba, who bows out of this year's Champions League competition against his former club.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian (Kalas 90), Oscar (Schurrle 81), Hazard; Eto'o (Torres 86).
Subs not used: Schwarzer, Luiz, Mikel, Ba.
Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue (Hajrovic 77), Semih Kaya, Aurelien Chedjou, Alex Telles, Yekta (Hakan 67), Felipe Melo, Selçuk Inan, Sneijder, Burak, (Umut 54), Drogba
Subs not used: Ufuk, Burdisso, Ceyhun, Sarıoglu.
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych